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ICC: Healy, Bevan and Arnold welcome T20 World Cup Trophy to Sydney

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  • The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, arrives in Sydney 
  • Only 12 days until ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 begins 
  • Tickets and full fixtures available at t20worldcup.com

Australian cricketer Alyssa Healy was joined by cricket legends and cross-code stars on Sydney Harbour for the ‘Biggest Hit’ contest as the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Trophy Tour, driven by Nissan, arrived in Sydney.

Healy, two-time ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup winner Michael Bevan and Sri Lanka legend Russel Arnold, had the pressure to deliver the long-range blows against local cricketers and rival sports stars from AFL, Basketball, Boxing, Rugby League and Netball. 

With the iconic Sydney Opera House and Sydney Harbour Bridge as the backdrop, contestants had four balls to post their longest hit into the harbour, before a final round saw leading local NSW cricketer Scott Rodgie top the charts with 88.9 metres, with Bevan still striking the ball sweetly in third place.

The big hits whet the appetite for what’s to come in less than two weeks’ time, when the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2022 begins on 16 October.

The best players in the world from 16 international teams have already begun to arrive for the global showpiece event, with Afghanistan, Ireland, Namibia, Netherlands, Scotland, UAE, Sri Lanka and West Indies already in Australia.

Tickets are selling fast for all six match days in Sydney, which includes the Super 12 opener between hosts and reigning champions Australia and New Zealand on 22 October, and the first semi-final on November 9. If Australia qualify for the semi-finals, they are guaranteed to play in Sydney.

More than 500,000 tickets have already been sold across all seven host cities, with children’s tickets to all Super 12 matches available for just $5, while adult tickets start from $20.

As part of the Trophy Tour in Sydney, fans will be able to see the ultimate prize in T20 cricket and take photos with the trophy at the SCG on Friday, 7 October between 2pm and 4pm, and Taronga Zoo on Saturday 8 October.

Five-time ICC Women’s T20 World Cup winner Alyssa Healy said: “I know from experience how special it is to play in a T20 World Cup on home soil and no doubt the Aussie men’s team will do the country proud when they get underway here in Sydney on 22 October.

“It’s great for cricket that we’ll have the whole country being able to get out and see the best players in our great game and I’m looking forward to watching the likes of Babar Azam, Virat Kohli and David Miller”. 

“With the WBBL competition also on at the same time, there’ll be wall-to-wall cricket on to start the summer! It’s an exciting time for cricket.”

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Local Organising Committee CEO Michelle Enright said: “It was great to see so many stars come out for the Biggest Hit contest today, which was a fantastic initiative by the NSW Government to promote the T20 World Cup here in Sydney.”

“The T20 World Cup is one of the most watched sporting events on the planet and we can’t wait to welcome the world to Australia for what promises to be an incredible month of cricket that will bring people from many different nations and cultures together.”

“All children’s tickets for Super 12 matches are just $5 and adult tickets start from $20, so we urge Sydneysiders to gather family and friends and head out to experience the unique atmosphere of a World Cup on home soil.”   

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